Menezes will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Debra Crew, who will also join the board, Diageo said in a statement.

Menezes joined Diageo after the merger of Guinness plc and Grand Metropolitan plc in 1997 and has held a number of senior positions in the business, Diageo said.

(Reporting by Yadarisa Shabong in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)